May 05, 2016

Jack Wilshere could be in line for his Bournemouth debut when the Cherries host West Bromwich Albion at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The England international midfielder made a high-profile loan move to the south-coast club from Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window, reportedly turning down approaches from AC Milan and Roma to team up with Eddie Howe's Bournemouth (0-1-2). And Wilshere's passing quality in midfield could be exactly what the Cherries need as they look to make it two successive promotion-avoiding seasons in the English top-flight.

"Jack has settled in very well," Howe told the assembled media at his pre-match conference. "He's settled into the changing room and the dynamics of the group seamlessly.

"He has been very bright and good in training. As you would expect his quality on the ball is obvious and his technical ability is of a very high level. We'll wait and see what my team selection is, but I think he has naturally given the place a lift. There's been a positive impact around the squad."

Bournemouth could do with a lift following a start to the season that has seen them pick up just a single point from three games.

West Brom (1-1-1) have enjoyed a slightly better start to the campaign thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening weekend and a goalless draw with Middlesbrough last time out.

But the Baggies have struggled to carve out chances in their three matches and will be hoping that new arrival Nacer Chadli can add the spark that Tony Pulis' side so desperately needs.

Chadli - a Belgium international who has fallen slightly down the pecking order for his country in the last year - arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in a £13 million deal towards the end of the summer transfer window. This week, he explained his reason for joining the Baggies.

"I had a few clubs interested, but West Brom came very quickly and they showed concrete interest and wanted to make it happen," Chadli said. "I thought if they really want me, it's important for me to go there and prove myself. That's why I chose West Brom.

"It's a good group and we've done some good training. So far, so good.

Chadli is expected to make his debut against Bournemouth, but West Brom remain without the services of Chris Brunt due to a long-term knee ligament injury.

Bournemouth have reported a clean bill of health going into the game for the first time since their first game in the Premier League 13 months ago.

The Cherries took four points off Tony Pulis' side last season, winning at the Hawthorns and drawing 1-1 at Dean Court. However, Eddie Howe's side have just one win from their last 11 top-flight fixtures (stretching back to last season) and are without a victory in eight.

West Brom's record is no better, with Pulis enjoying just one Premier League win in the last 12 and scoring just seven goals in their last 13 matches.

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